Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund renew their rivalry on Wednesday when they meet for the German Super Cup at the Westfalenstadion.
Germany's two top clubs play in the one-off encounter for the third year running after Bayern came out on top in both the Bundesliga and the DFB Cup at the end of last season.
Having triumphed 4-2 in 2013, however, Jurgen Klopp's side is the current holder of the cup. Read on for full scheduling and live streaming information for what is sure to be a hard-fought encounter.
Date: Wednesday, Aug. 13
Time: 5 p.m. BST, noon ET
TV Info: Gol TV (US), BT Sport 1 (UK)
Live Stream: BT Sport Player (UK only)
World Cup Absentees
It is unlikely that the two teams will be at their strongest on Wednesday. Many of Germany's World Cup stars are only just returning to training, and fitness issues surround both sides.
Bild reports, via Bundesliga writer Alex Chaffer, that Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Rafinha will not appear in Dortmund for the encounter:
BILD: Ribéry, Robben, Schweinsteiger and Rafinha are all out of the Super Cup in Dortmund tomorrow.— Alex Chaffer (@AlexChaffer) August 12, 2014
Furthermore, having only recently arrived at the club, new goalkeeping signing Pepe Reina does not travel. However, Bayern and Germany No. 1 Manuel Neuer established his side's desire to win the match, saying that any match between the two sides is a big occasion, per the club's Twitter feed:
For Dortmund, new captain Mats Hummels and star player Marco Reus are unlikely to play, the former having only recently returned to training and the latter still recovering from an injury which saw him miss out on the World Cup.
However, despite the absentees, there will be no lack of edge for the match. Silverware is on the line, and this is a prime opportunity to make preparations ahead of the start of the Bundesliga season.
No Love Lost
Relations between Bayern and Dortmund are rarely friendly but seem to be heading toward an all-time low after the Bavarian outfit seemingly revealed Reus' buyout clause, per Kit Holden in the Daily Mail:
The latest war of the words between Dortmund and Bayern emerged last week, after Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge betrayed his club's desire to sign Dortmund star Marco Reus, and revealed details of Reus' release clause. This prompted Dortmund Director of Sport Michael Zorc to tell Rummenigge to 'keep his mouth shut,' before his opposite number at Bayern Matthias Sammer responded by saying 'no one can put a gag on us.'
There has been a long history of Dortmund's top players leaving to join Bayern, and this pattern has been a constant source of contention over the years.
A stark reminder of such deals will be shown on Wednesday with former Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski set to make his official Bayern debut in the Super Cup.
The Polish striker has been firing in pre-season, per PaddyPower, and it would seemingly be something of an ignominy for Dortmund if their former star were to effect their downfall on home soil:
New Bayern Munich man Robert Lewandowski scored another lovely pre-season goal last night. https://t.co/7TgOxHWzbR— Paddy Power (@paddypower) August 7, 2014
It is set up to be a feisty match in Dortmund and an indicator of how well each side is prepared for the new season.
There is little doubt that it will be a fantastic encounter, as Klopp and Bayern coach Pep Guardiola will once again go head-to-head for superiority in Germany.